Monthly Archives: September 2012

Less and More: Gardens, Bicycles, Trails, Linux

Arriving up North, almost my first action was to try to plant some vegetables – a last ditch effort to maybe get a harvest before Thanksgiving.  There is a lot less sun up here, and the days are cooler.  I … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: To Want and Not Have, Reflections on Resolution

Are we born sinful?   We are given impulses to help us survive, thrive, and propagate.  These impulses are not inherently sinful, although they can become sinful in the extreme if they harm ourselves or others.  what about the godly … Continue reading

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The Practical Side of Forgiveness

All of this is wrapped up in what is for me a very serious philosophical question:  what does it mean to be a better person? Interestingly, different religions may define this slightly differently, so it may be worth reflecting on … Continue reading

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More Excerpts from My Writing: A Call for Respect and Religious Tolerance

The 13th Section of the Trip New York City and the End of the Trip Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam, she‑hehiyanu v’kiy’manu v’higi’anu la‑z’man ha‑ze. “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah

It’s the 10 day period every year we set aside to make amends.  For those sins against God, we pray for forgiveness.  For those sins against man (or other living beings), we actively seek and accept personal responsibility to repair … Continue reading

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Texas Point: Wildlife Preserve, Birds, and Isaac

I set up my hammock in the backyard, using a cable tie to replace the pegboard hangers that were lost somewhere in the various moves.  To be honest, I haven’t used the hammock since Arkansas, when I slept in it … Continue reading

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Building a Table for 4-8

So far, I have not had a table.  So, I thought I would put together a table from the recycled wood. I cut the 4 posts for the table legs with my circular saw (and really old dull blade). and … Continue reading

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Pitching a Tent: The Big Thicket National Preserve

I headed out to the Big Thicket for some quiet and alone time.  Although I had invited the kids, wanting to set them up with a used laptop for my computer programs so they could practice (mostly math), they had … Continue reading

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Silence and Trees

I went to go to the Holocaust Museum in Houston to attend a lecture on the Treaty of Versailles, and its contribution to the Holocaust. As those who follow my work may know, I have covered several museums, including the … Continue reading

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The Neighborhood

The tamales have all been distributed, although there are probably another 10 neighbors that I have technically not met.  I’ve had several nice conversations with the neighbors, and have been excited to learn that French, German, and Spanish are definitely … Continue reading

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